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Game Recap - 7/29/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Nationals 5 (44-58), Braves 3 (58-43) WP: Olsen (3-2) LP: Lowe (10-9) SV: Capps (26) This game, like Tuesday's, completely sucked. The Braves played some really uninspired baseball and lost their second straight series, this time to the last place Nationals. So in the past 7 days, the Braves have lost 4 games to the worst 2 teams in the division. Doesn't make any sense. Derek Lowe started and put forth yet another crappy effort not worthy of someone making 8 figures per season. The damage today was 4 earned in 5 innings, allowing 6 baserunners and striking out 3. 3 of the 5 hits Lowe allowed were of the extra base variety: a homer to Ian Desmond, and ground rule doubles by Desmond and Adam Dunn. 2 runs in the second and 2 runs in the 4th were more than enough for the Nationals with how horrible the offense performed today. Maybe more telling about Lowe's day was the fact that he threw 98 pitches in 5 innings to a Nationals team featuring lugs like Nyjer Morgan, Adam Kennedy, the aforementioned Desmond, and Wil Nieves in the lineup. Desmond and Nieves would drive in 3 of the 4 runs. Quite simply, you cannot let a team's bad players beat you, and that's what Lowe did today. Offensively, the Braves were having problems figuring out Scott Olsen. Yes, the same Scott Olsen who hasn't started a game in 2 months. The Braves best chances at scoring runs came in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. In the second, Omar Infante and David Ross each had 2 out singles and were stranded by Melky Cabrera. In the 4th, Matt Diaz followed a Troy Glaus walk with his 5th homer of the season to tie the game at 2. Ross would triple and Cabrera would be intentionally walked to bring up the pitcher's slot, which ended as well as you could imagine. And finally, before the rain delay in the 6th inning, the Braves got a sloppy run after Diaz reached on an error, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on an Infante single. And that would take care of the Braves for the day, as only a pair of runners reached in 3 innings against the fearsome (cough) Nationals bullpen. The top 3 hitters (Prado, Heyward, Jones) went 0/11 with a walk. Pathetic. 2 backups, Infante and Ross, had 4 of the Braves 6 hits. Glaus would be the only other Brave to reach base more than once, adding a single to his 4th inning walk. Bad performances all around. Tomorrow, the Braves venture to Cincinnati to take on the first place Reds. Maybe playing a team that's actually contending will make this team start to play a little better. Reds ace Johnny Cueto takes on Kris Medlen. Should be a good one. Hopefully by the time that series is over, the Braves have added a player to the lineup that's got some pop. Here's hoping...as always, keep your eyes peeled on my Twitter page for the latest. Will be tweeting my brains out Saturday with the deadline...

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